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New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional rental properties.

The checks relate to the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 and mean that:

- the electrical wiring, sockets, consumer units (fuse boxes) and other fixed electrical parts in rented homes must be inspected and tested every five years, or more often than this if the inspector thinks that is necessary.;


- throughout the whole time a tenant is living at the property, national electrical safety standards must be met;

- landlords or their agents must give tenants a report that shows the condition of the property’s electrical installations. They also have to give this to the local council if they ask for it;

- if a new tenancy agreement is signed on or after 1 July 2020 the Regulations will apply to the rented home straight away;

- if the tenancy agreement is signed before 1 July 2020 the Regulations will apply from 1 April 2021. 

However, ARLA Propertymark says the timing of when these checks apply to different tenancies contradicts previous published guidance from government. 

A statement from ARLA last night said: "If correct, this change brings thousands of private rented sector properties into scope and in need of an EICR this Summer, rather than by April 2021. ARLA Propertymark is ensuring that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government fully understands the consequences of the change and we are seeking urgent clarification. We will update members as soon as we have confirmation."

You can see the full new government guidelines here.

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    • 19 June 2020 07:41 AM

    Ok - So what?
    The rent will go up.


    Mark Wilson

    Such an optimistic outlook!
    Good for a Friday.

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    The main point of the story is that whilst the legislation comes into force on 1st July, unexpectedly, the government has suddenly announced that it will apply retrospectively to any tenancies starting from 1st June.

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    • 19 June 2020 09:11 AM

    Can you imagine rent defaulting tenants allowing access for works to be carried out with no rent to pay for the work!!!

    Many properties need extensive electrical works which cannot realistically be achieved with occupying tenants in place.

    Of course an ideal time then to carry out EPC C status upgrade works.
    Simply won't be possible.
    LL would do better to just sell off such properties.

    Gonna be very awkward for many LL.

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    Had this in Scotland for a few years now. Yip, more costs to the landlord.

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    I've always found it ' Intriguing ' - how electrical dangers don't apply to Social Housing Tenants !

    Is there a different type of electric or wiring in Social Housing properties, or do they all work off Duracell ?

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    Don't mention the word "work" in connection with Social Housing. A conspiracy theorist would suggest that if social housing tenants died it would reduce the welfare bill.


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